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Product Review: Retro Clean

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Retro Clean quilt soak is one of the items I bought at the Houston Quilt Festival specifically to review for you.  It promises it’s “the gentle solution for safely removing yellow and brown age stains from all washable vintage fabrics.”  The list of stains it says it will remove includes those caused by water damage, mildew, coffee, tea, blood, wood oil, tobacco and perspiration.

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Quilts for Hurricane Sandy Survivors

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Since the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, many quilters have been looking for ways to help.  This normal urge to give quilts to comfort and warm the survivors grows more urgent as the winter weather grows colder.

There are several groups collecting and donating quilts to the survivors of this storm.  Here are several that I’ve been able to find.

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Free Patterns from Fabric Companies

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

If you’re looking for free quilt patterns or inspiration, you should keep the quilt fabric companies in mind.  A lot of these companies pay top designers to produce patterns to show off their latest fabric collections.  And they’re free to use whether you’re buying the fabric or not!

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How to Tame Scrap Mountain

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

We all know there’s no way to buy “just the right amount” of fabric.  Even if you’re working with a published pattern and buy the exact amount specified, you’re likely to have extra since many designers add in a bit for shrinkage, mis-cuts, etc.  But the only thing worse than having extra is to run short, so a lot of us buy extra “just in case” – so we end up with even more leftovers!

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A New Attitude on Quilt-Giving

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

As gift-giving season approaches, many of us are beginning to consider what quilt to give to whom on our lists.

If you’re like me, you have a small stock of completed quilts, a larger one of completed tops, and a vast number pausing somewhere along the path between an idea and a completed quilt.

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